Killer Robots Sneak Through

Harriet Grant at The Guardian just published a Tech piece describing how United Nations action regarding banning robots from making lethal decisions about humans is stuck in a morass of debate.  This slowdown is useful because intelligent warfighting robots are a boundary issue– and the boundary is moving every week as new capabilities are fielded.  Many countries find the bureaucratic process useful, therefore, because it gives them time to move the goal lines so that existing research projects have immediate payoffs.  Sadly, the long-term results of this deliberate process is that we become ever more unlikely to be able to avoid some of the negative side effects of autonomous lethal systems in wars all around us.

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